Stretches: When & How to Use Them

Hello all! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the summer. Make the most of it, because Fall will be here shortly! I am often asked questions about stretching: when to do it, how to do it, and why to do it. I recently came across the article below and (for practically the firstContinue reading “Stretches: When & How to Use Them”

Get Stronger Part 2: The Plank

You know what you need to feel strong, have stamina, and go the distance? A strong core. Yup. They call it “the core” for a reason, and it’s so important to your whole body! As a matter of fact, the core comprises more of your body than you may realize. It’s not just your abs,Continue reading “Get Stronger Part 2: The Plank”

Get Stronger: All About the Squat

Walking is a great way to increase your cardiovascular fitness. But walking does not necessarily increase your muscle strength, especially if you primarily walk on flat paths. This has become very apparent to me over the past 18 months. In addition to walking, running and hiking, I used to do Crossfit several days a weekContinue reading “Get Stronger: All About the Squat”

Walking Isn’t a Consolation Prize

I am a member of several online running forums and every few days someone will post: “I’m new to running, what is a good pace?” Or… “I just ran my first 5K in X amount time. Is that a good pace?” These questions come up a lot and I cringe every time. Why? Because whateverContinue reading “Walking Isn’t a Consolation Prize”

It’s All about the Feet

How is 2021 going for you so far? I hope it’s off to a great start! I know a lot of you have set step goals for yourselves this year. That is fantastic in any year, but even more important this year since many of us are still sheltering in place and gyms are stillContinue reading “It’s All about the Feet”

Mindful Walking

Walking is my favorite form of exercise because, well, it’s easy! We all know how to do it. And better still, the benefits of walking are well-documented. Walking can improve your cardiovascular fitness, reduce your risk of heart disease, help you lose weight and improve your overall health.  Mindfulness—which is often described as the practiceContinue reading “Mindful Walking”

Reaching the Finish Line

You are probably thinking this is going to be about the election, but it is not. This is about a different kind of finish line. Yesterday, members of the Finding Joy in Motion program reached their finish line: the culmination of 24 weeks of learning, training, and dedication.  Finding Joy in Motion is for everyone.Continue reading “Reaching the Finish Line”

Reducing Inflammation

Last week, I talked about shoes and how increasing the size of your running shoes (compared to the size of your dress shoes) can help reduce discomfort when your feet inevitably swell from continued pounding against the pavement or trail. This week, I am going to talk more about that swelling, why it happens, andContinue reading “Reducing Inflammation”

Lean In

Did you know that leaning from your ankles into your walk or run can make it feel easier? Why? Because you are using gravity to help move you forward. Don’t believe me? Give it a try: Stand with your posture aligned by making sure you head is directly over your shoulders, your shoulders are directlyContinue reading “Lean In”